Oklahoma students return to campus after coronavirus shutdown

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 6:29 PM CDT
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ACHILLE, Okla. (KXII) - For a few southern Oklahoma districts, it’s the first day back at school since the coronavirus shut down schools this spring.

Students in Achille haven’t been back to school since last spring break. On Monday, they grabbed their backpacks and face masks and started the 2020 school year.

“Kids are excited, I mean really excited, you know,” said Achille ISD Superintendent, Rick Beene.

After long hours of planning and preparing for their return, Beene says the hard work was worth it.

“They’re just excited to be back you can see it in their eyes. Even the high school kids that normally try to act cool and they’re not glad to be back, they were excited to be back, all of them,” said Beene.

Beene says other than the challenges of putting new protocols into action, it was a smooth first day.

“Make sure kids come to school, get a safe education, and hopefully a normal one. Hopefully, we can keep on going you know it’s day by day, but looking at what things happened today for us it was very successful,” said Beene.

Buildings were thoroughly sanitized through the day, and face masks and social distancing were strongly recommended. Beene says they’re working closely with the county if an outbreak situation were to arise in the district.

“It’s out of our hands, you know we could have a kid have a case tomorrow, we could have an outbreak, all kinds of things can happen, but we’re approaching this thing very positive,” said Beene.

Virtual learning is being offered by the district as well. The district says only 4 percent of students chose online learning. Most of their students returned to campus, eager to learn.

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